Wood construction becomes sexy again

A worker guides a Glulam beam into place Oct. 3 during construction of the First Tech Credit Union headquarters building in Hillsboro. The building, which will be five stories high and contain 156,000 square feet of office space, is believed to be largest U.S. structure so far built using advanced lumber products such as cross-laminated timbers (CLT) and glulam beams, posts and flooring. Advocates believe wood products can replace concrete and steel in modest high-rises, and revive Oregon's timber industry.

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